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Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head

B&H # BEMP101 Mfr # MP101
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Product Highlights
  • Attaches between Tripod and Camera
  • Pans/Tilts Remotely at Adjustable Speeds
  • Supports Up to 6 lbs
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Connection

The Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head attaches between a tripod and camera and enables panning and tilting the camera remotely. Two independent motors smoothly operate horizontal and vertical motion at adjustable speeds. The head supports payloads up to 6 lb. The mounting points are a 1/4" tripod mount thread underneath and a 1/4" camera mount stud above. All tripods and cameras are compatible.

An Auto Pan Mode allows for continuous panning motion, and a switch selector lets you assign end points at 45°, 90°, or 340°. The maximum horizontal angle is ±170 degrees, and the maximum vertical angle is ±15 degrees. This head can be powered by four AA batteries, Bescor PS-260 AC power supply, or Bescor 90-645 external battery, all sold separately.

  • Enables panning and tilting a camera remotely at adjustable speeds
  • Attaches between a tripod and camera
  • 6 lb payload
  • 1/4" tripod / camera mounts
  • Remote control included
Power Source 4x included 1.5-volt AA batteries
Payload 6 lb (2.7 kg)
Mount Types 1/4"-20 tripod mount thread, 1/4"-20 camera mount stud
Dimensions 5.8 x 4.5 x 4" (14.7 x 11.4 x 10.2 cm)
Weight 1.69 lbs (770 g)
Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head
  • Remote Control - for MP-101 Motorized Pan Head
  • 90-Day Limited Warranty
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    BescorMP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head
     
    4.3

    (based on 119 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (49)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (74)
    • Attaches firmly (61)
    • Large range of motion (58)
    • Strong clamp (34)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (8)
    • Small range (7)

    Best Uses

    • Video (53)
    • Landscape/scenery (35)
    • Weddings (32)
    • Home (23)
    • Sports/action (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (24), Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (10), Tech savvy (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (70), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Panning the National Parks

    I used the unit on a 6347.2 mile tour of the National Parks in the Western US. The unit performed well and greatly improved our "ROAD TRIP" video documentary. Good battery...Read complete review

    I used the unit on a 6347.2 mile tour of the National Parks in the Western US. The unit performed well and greatly improved our "ROAD TRIP" video documentary. Good battery life. Seems to be smoother in "tilt" than "pan". I noticed a few bumps in my long pans. I agree about the speed issue, It's too fast for Z'ed in shots. The 320 degree panning was great for big vistas like Yosemite, Crater Lake and Yellowstone. You can't be rough on the remote.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good device for the price.

    This pan head works very well for the price. I've bought two of them. However, the second one has started making a bit of gear noise. But for the price, they work...Read complete review

    This pan head works very well for the price. I've bought two of them. However, the second one has started making a bit of gear noise. But for the price, they work pretty well. The first one worked flawlessly, the second works but with a little noise in the tilt head. But it still works. I would recommend the pan head for most applications, but as with any mechanical device, they can have problems occur.
    Professional pan heads cost three times as much. So for the price, you won't find a better one.

    Reviewed by 119 customers

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    5.0

    AMAZING

    By J.J.

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

      Very beneficial to sole anchor/producers on location!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Pretty nice product

      By Îmłëgēñd

      from Charlotte nc

      Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

      This is amazing product . I use it with vg30 and canon l glass lenses . And it does awsome job

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      5.0

      Good pan and tilt device

      By Ilovebandh

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

      I'm happy with this pan and tilt, it seems to work well so far.

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      4.0

      Cost-effective!

      By teak

      from Seoul, Korea

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cost-effective

      Cons

      • Small Range Of Tilting

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

      I used Mp-101 for shooting commercial of small product with wireless follow focus & motorized slider. This works well with medium sized camera.

      Panning is really smooth but tilting up is little bit tough.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very Versitile

      By ShadowMan

      from Pennsylvania

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

        I use the MP-101 with a sony HD handcam on my 8-12ft camera jib crane. I got the shots I needed without spending 1000's on a more expensive pan tilt head that I would only occassionally use.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Handy and Robust

        By Dinkster

        from Northwest Ohio

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Robust

        Cons

        • Initial Jerk Onstart
        • Initial Jerk On Start

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

          This is a nice unit. The only thing I would've liked as a feature is a soft start. It takes off with a bit of a jerk, which is evident in the video. I'm waiting to hear from them if there's anything I can do to alleviate this.

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          5.0

          Works Great just what I needed .(sweet)

          By Darrel

          from Chioc ca.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

            I use it with a gopro on top of my car it works great , I put a magnet on it and it is very solid to the cars hood. Just what I was needing.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great for the price

            By Desert rat

            from Tucson

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Large Thumb Dial

            Cons

            • Plastic Parts

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

            This is a nice unit and performs everything as specified. You don't want to put more than the rated weight on this unit (I believe this is 6 pounds). When using it with a Nikon D-800 and a 16-35 f 4 lens the tilt up function works, but the motor is straining with the weight. The panning function works fine with this camera/lens weight combo and if only used in the panning mode the unit can take even more weight.

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            5.0

            Great pan & tilt head

            By rsn

            from Buchanan MI

            Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

            I have used this head for two week with a camera we remote mounted it has performed without a problem. It runs very smooth. It also rid very quite which is a plus because it is in our sanctuary.

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By Tips Film Co

            from San Bruno California

            Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

            I bought this for my mini crane to use my FDR-AX100 4K sony and it is exactly what kinds of shots I wanted. It's well built and easy to use without breaking the bank on other remote units. B&H shipping was very fast and the checkout process is first class. I will make them my #1 place to order our equipment!

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            5.0

            Smooth PT, great features, 1 design flaw

            By Filmgekko

            from Sierra Vista, AZ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Long Control Cable Runs

            Cons

            • Poor Power Ctrl Location
            • Poor Powerctrl Position

            Best Uses

            • House Of Worship

            Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

            I purchased 3 of these units to replace the failing 'usb' powered P/T heads at my church. This works many times better than our old units. It has smooth operation, and with the included wired remote control allows for adjustable pan/tilt speed.

            Here is the greatest part. You can still control this unit through at least 4 (optional) remote control extension cord. These cords come in a maximum of 50 feet length. We needed 2 x 50 foot runs, and a 100 foot run. I was worried that it would not allow you to use more than one extender, but we hooked two of them together and it works great. Before installing the other two cords, on a whim, we tested connecting all 4 together, low and behold it works! That's 200 feet you can run the controller cord without issue (maybe more, but we only had 4 cords to test).

            The only downside to this unit is the placement of the controller port and power cable port on the unit itself. They are both located on the main body, and turn with the device. This means you need to ensure there is enough 'slack' in the control and power cables that it does not run out during a pan/tilt. When mounting on a wall as my church does, this means the unit needs to be mounted several inches away from the wall to allow the slack to bunch up as needed without hitting the wall and stopping the units movement. A better design would be to have the power and control ports on a 'base' that would not move, with the pan/tilt part mounted on the base.

            Overall it is still the best option I have found, and the distance of control cable extenders really makes it great. This is something I would recommend to others with similar needs to my church.

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            4.0

            adding capability w/o breaking the bank

            By Fred

            from Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Portraits
              • Video

              Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

              Has what I want --- adding rotation & movement on a jib

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              • No

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              5.0

              Exactly what I needed.

              By Jim

              from Raleigh NC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                The salesman at B&H understood my need and suggested the MP-101 Motorized Pan Head by Bescor. I had no idea this existed. If I had not called B&H I guess I would have produced an unprofessional video.
                When in doubt "call B&H" before you stop looking.
                Chances are they will hook you up with the right equipment.

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                4.0

                Simple to use

                By Vinh the messenger

                from El Monte, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Small Range

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Video

                Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                This product is plug and play. It is very simple and inexpensive. It will be expensive to have HD camera around the church to capture video. And once you install, it only be use mostly one a week. But using MP-101, I could put HD camera on it, and take out to go shoot somewhere else. The pan function it move with several mode from slow to fast. I recommend it.

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                4.0

                This is a great motor head

                By Eugene, the geek

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Fast
                • Good Speed Control
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Remote Issues

                Best Uses

                • Church
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                We use this motor head 2-4 times a week for 2+ hours at a time and this has worked with out issues (except power surge fries, we have lost 2 heads and a remote that way so far[old building]) This has a great range of motion and has no issues in the head itself. The only issue I have ever had with this are centered around the remote, and that isn't controlled by the motor head.

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                4.0

                Don't climb ladders anymore

                By ChrisEll

                from South Carolina

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Photo Booths
                • Video

                Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                I hate climbing on wobbly ladders to take photos of big groups. By using a tethered camera on a tall tripod - or a 13' background stand - I can stay safely on the ground and use the Bescor MP-101 pan/tilt head. We use a laptop with Breeze software and a Canon G9 for those groups nowadays. I can zoom, control focus and exposure from the laptop. The Bescor is a little bigger than it could be, but it's pretty reliable.

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                5.0

                Great Pan and tilt unit

                By Bill

                from Perth, Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                  I use this product every day for shooting videos of real estate and it works great. I have been using it for the past year and have had no problems at all, it pans beautifully and tilts are superb. I would recommend that you purchase this one if you need a pan and tilt motorised head.

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                  5.0

                  i will buy this again

                  By Jose

                  from Dallas TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                    I dint have anything bad to say about this product

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                    4.0

                    Great for the money

                    By Timucua Arts Foundation

                    from ORlando, FL

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Small Range

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Video

                    Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                    A little jumpy, but very easy to fix. Just double the resistance value of the speed fader, and you have a very smooth, nice and slow pan. And for added range, I made my own cable. In fact, I went ahead and made a little control box with a switch to control all four units from one controller, and an eight point arcade joystick to control with. It works great.

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                    5.0

                    I like it

                    By Al

                    from Mayo, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                    • Small Range

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Bescor MP-101 Motorized Pan & Tilt Head:

                    Use in A Children's Church area, it makes things get very exciting as your panning the audience or focusing in on one of them. Well worth to see the joy it brings. Could use more tilt but it works very well and appears to be well built. Look forward to a lot of use.

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